Five accused in Bodh Gaya blasts case convicted

Patna, May 25 : A Bihar court on Friday convicted all the five accused in the 2013 serial blasts that rocked Bodh Gaya’s Mahabodhi temple. The special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court headed by Judge Manoj Kumar Sinha delivered the verdict. “The five persons — Umer Siddiqui, Azharuddin Siddiqui, Hauser Ali, Mujibullah Ansari, Imtitaz Ansari […]

Punjab CM warns Damdami Taksal over threats to Sikh preacher

Chandigarh, May 24 : Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday warned Sikh seminary Damdami Taksal over alleged threats issued to Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale. “Taking a serious note, the Chief Minister has asked the Damdami Taksal not to step out of their limits, and warned that he would treat such intimidatory acts as […]

After desecration, Goa church body questions police claim

Panaji, May 24 : In the wake of the desecration of a holy cross in a South Goa village, a Goa Church body on Thursday questioned police claims of solving cases of earlier desecrations reported from the coastal state. The Council for Social Justice and Peace, a social arm of the Goa Church, also said […]

Minorities secure, their rights safe in India: Centre

New Delhi, May 24 : The central government on Thursday said that the rights of minorities are more safe and secure in India compared with the rest of the world, and that “secularism, social and communal harmony and tolerance” are in the country’s DNA. The remarks came days after a letter from the Archbishop of […]

Vaishno Devi yatra remains suspended due to forest fire

Jammu, May 24 : The annual pilgrimage to the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine remained suspended for a second consecutive day on Thursday following a forest fire, police said. Around 25,000 pilgrims were currently stranded at the Katra base camp for clearance to start the uphill trek to the shrine located in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi […]

Haryana in ‘mission mode’ to revive Saraswati river

Chandigarh, May 23 : The Haryana government is working in a mission mode for the revival and rejuvenation of Saraswati river, Haryana Art and Cultural Affairs Minister Kavita Jain said on Wednesday. Describing the river, which is prominently mentioned in the Hindu mythology as a “National Heritage of India”, the Minister said the state government […]